Oct 21, 2014
By Michael Kramer
A Jewish advocacy group is no longer supporting suspects of Nazi war crimes getting U.S. government pension benefits.
World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder says in a statement sent to The Associated Press – that American law should be changed: to stop the payments.
Lauder’s statement follows an investigation by AP that discovered dozens of Nazi suspects collected millions of dollars in benefits – after being expelled from the United States.
AP reported that payments moved through a legal loophole – that the World Jewish Congress lobbied to keep open during the 1990s. At the time, the idea was that Nazi suspects would agree to depart the U.S. voluntarily – if they knew their government benefits would continue.
The expectation was that suspects would be prosecuted for their crimes in the countries they returned to.
Only 10 suspects were ever prosecuted after being expelled.
Lauder says the time has come to end the payments.